Amanda Perrett is, of course, the daughter of Guy Harwood, whom she succeeded, at Coombleands Stables in Pulborough, West Sussex, when he retired in 1996 after 30 years at the helm. She is ably assisted by her husband, Mark Perrett, who, prior to his retirement from the saddle in February 1996, was a highly successful National Hunt jockey, with over 900 winners to his name.

Having assumed control of one of the finesy yards in the country, which had previously housed the likes of Kalaglow, To- Agori-Mou, Cacoethes, Warning and Dancing Brave, at the age of 26, Perret saddled her first winner in her own right, Hoofprints, at Lingfield in November 1996. She has since added over 650 more to her career tally, although her most successful season, numerically and financially, came back in 2002. That year, she saddled 60 winners from 359 runners, at a strike rate of 17%, including a high-profile success for Tillerman, owned by the late Khalid Abdullah, in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

All told, Perrett has saddled a total of 20 Group winners during her career. Her best horse to date was the top-class miler Indian Lodge, who won eight of his 19 starts, including the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and the Prix de la Foret, again at Longchamp, as a four-year-old in 2000.



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